WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
CLOSEOpt Out: I already like WMFE!

Like us on Facebook!

Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

Astronauts Go Spacewalking To Grease Robot Arm’s New Hand 

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA astronauts are spacewalking again, this time to grease the robot arm’s new hand.

The International Space Station’s commander, Randy Bresnik, ventured out Tuesday for the second time in less than a week, along with Mark Vande Hei .

The pair last week replaced the latching mechanism on one end of the 58-foot robot arm, which malfunctioned in August. Now they need to lubricate the newly installed device. The two-part lube job is expected to spill into next week, in a third spacewalk.

These latches, or hands, are located on each end of the Canadian-built robot arm. They’re used to grab arriving U.S. cargo ships and also allow the robot arm to move around the orbiting lab.

Launched in 2001, the original latches were showing their age.


WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

TOP